The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralised some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists at Tumbun ‘Alpha’, a small settlement about 4km West of Tumbun Allura, on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.
The air strikes were conducted on April 5, 2019, following credible intelligence reports indicating that some ISWAP leaders and members had assembled for a meeting under a group of trees near a prominent makeshift structure within the settlement.
A statement by the director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) platform dispatched for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) confirmed the presence of several ISWAP fighters within the vicinity of the target.
Accordingly, the ATF scrambled a NAF Alpha Jet to attack the location, adding that the bombs from the aircraft recorded hits on the target area resulting in significant damage to surrounding structures with a large fire observed and several of the terrorists neutralised.
He restated that the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations against the terrorists in the Northeast.
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